Scenes From the White House Correspondents' Dinner

Good news: The healthcare bill will still allow the "Jersey Shore" cast to go tanning!

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Jay Leno and Michelle Obama shared smiles during the White House Correspondents Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton.
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"It's been quite a year since I've spoken here last -- lots of ups, lots of downs -- except for my approval ratings, which have just gone down. But that's politics. It doesn’t bother me. Besides, I happen to know that my approval ratings are still very high in the country of my birth," President Barack Obama joked.
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President Barack Obama (R), Matt Winkler from Bloomberg News (2nd from R), First Lady Michelle Obama (C) and comedian Jay Leno (3rd from L) stand during the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton.
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Looks like talk show host Larry King popped his collar for the event.
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First Lady Michelle Obama looks on during the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton.
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Former Secretary of State Collin Powell and his wife Alma attended the event.
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No, it's not San Francisco, but actress Ashley Judd attended the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner with a flower in her hair.
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President Obama dinged Jay Leno as "the only person whose ratings fell more than mine."
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People say to me, "Mr. President, you helped revive the banking industry, you saved GM and Chrysler. What about the news business?" I have to explain, hey, I'm just the president. I'm not a miracle worker, here," Obama joked.
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"Obviously I'm most pleased that Michelle accompanied me," President Obama said. "She doesn’t always go to these things. And there are few things in life that are harder to find and more important to keep than love -- well, love and a birth certificate."
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"Odds are that the Salahis are here," Obama joked. "There haven't been people that were more unwelcome at a party since Charlie Crist."
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Jay Leno, Michelle Obama, Matt Winkler from Bloomberg News and President Barack Obama placed their hands over their hearts (well, except for Leno, apparently).
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Actor Dennis Quaid was spotted at the event.
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Before the dinner, a White House aide placed the seal of the U.S President on the podium.
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"This year I've experienced my share of disappointments. For example, I had my heart set on the Nobel Prize -- for physics. But, hey, you can't win 'em all," the president said.
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First Lady Michelle Obama donned some glam earrings for the event.
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Why so serious, Michael Bloomberg?
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"You know what really tickles me?" Obama asked. "Eric Massa. Apparently Massa claimed that Rahm came up to him one day in the House locker room, stark naked, started screaming obscenities at him -- to which I say, welcome to my world. I feel you. It's a tense moment."
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We have to admit that Michelle Obama looked a tad more stylish than her husband.
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President Obama joked about a provision in the health care bill. "It reads: 'The following individuals shall be excluded from the indoor tanning tax within this bill: Snooki, J-WOWW, the Situation and House Minority Leader John Boehner'."
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Wonder what these two were whispering about?
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First Lady Michelle Obama must enjoy hanging out with famous guys -- there's one on each side.
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg and RNC chairman Michael Steele chatted it up.
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